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Old 09-22-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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hard top quick disconnects?

I was looking for a easier way to remove my hard top other than the bolt/nut that it came with. I thought I saw some quick snaps or something somewhere but I can't seem to locate them now. Anybody know of some that work good? (I don't want my top coming loose or falling off either)

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Old 09-22-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Here: Lange Originals Kwick Kit Hardtop Hardware - Quadratec

I don't have them and I guess it's not worth the 35 - 60 bucks (to me anyway) to avoid the few minutes with the ratchet wrench...

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guess we posted at the same time. Anyway I haven't fooled with it yet, just looked like a pain to take off.
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The only real pain involved with removing or putting on the hard top is my back from lifting it.

Get a set of Torx bits (you'll need them more than you may know) and the the 6 bolts come out pretty easy. Careful not to swing the wrench into the side windows.

And the two bolts near the front (directly behind the rear seats) don't have the nut holders so the rectangular nuts will fall out if you aren't ready to catch them.

If you are going to take your top off often, I'd recommend getting a lift system in the garage overhead first. The really hard part of the top removal is the getting it off and back on. Pretty much impossible as a one man job. It's just too bulky and awkward for one person to do.

Hope this helps.
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I have a garage with open rafters (no ceiling) so making a lift sysem will be easy, four ratchet straps with rubber coated hooks should do the job. Thanks for the input, I'll try it out this weekend before I throw away 50 bucks.

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Old 09-22-2009, 08:20 PM   #7
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I found a 4 pack of "Bessy" quick release hand clamps at Lowe's for $16. I just used them for the first time today. They seem to be hold the top down just fine. I think they'll be great for taking the top on and off frequently in the Summer. I plan to bolt the top down for winter though
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I bought my '04 used and it has C-clamps, two on each side. Sounds hillbilly but my old C-Js had them as well. I guess this method has been around awhile. I guess I'll take my soft top off and put the helmet back on next month or so.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:16 PM   #9
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Just replace the regular nuts with wing nuts.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #10
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I have the Lange kit and would not buy it again. I would like to see a captive nut under the tub lip and then use a bolt like the Lange kit has. The clamps have to come completely apart to get them off of the tub and that makes them a little bit of a pain. Also, it has some dowels that bolt in the top to align it with the tub...I bolted mine in the tub so if anything got scratched it would be the underside of the top, not the top of the tub.
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I have a garage with open rafters (no ceiling) so making a lift sysem will be easy, four ratchet straps with rubber coated hooks should do the job. Thanks for the input, I'll try it out this weekend before I throw away 50 bucks.

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That might work.

Check out some other systems too. Here is one: Hoist-A-Top Jeep Top Removal

I'd be careful to have some type of balance system so that the top doesn't just fall out of the straps.

Take a look at the "nuts" that the hard top uses. The 4 rear (2 per side) are rectangular and are held into the rail with snap holders. They slide around when the tops off, but don't fall out.

The forward two are the same type of nut, but come out.

You can't use wing nuts unless you come up with bolts that would come up from the bottom and wing nut the top down onto the rail. Probably just a difficult as the stock set up and then you have to track 6 bolts/nuts when the top is off instead of just two.

I take my top off once a year, so any "quick" system just isn't worth any real money or effort to me.
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That might work.

Check out some other systems too. Here is one: Hoist-A-Top Jeep Top Removal

I'd be careful to have some type of balance system so that the top doesn't just fall out of the straps.
thats even better, thanks for the link!

that looks easier than cooking a hot pocket.

I'm going to fab one up this weekend with my old atv winch.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:18 AM   #13
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I'm thinking of putting one together as well....Let us know how it goes GEO.
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my neighbor has a wrangler so he helps me and i help him.won't need a lift unless he moves.
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I have a garage with open rafters (no ceiling) so making a lift sysem will be easy, four ratchet straps with rubber coated hooks should do the job. Thanks for the input, I'll try it out this weekend before I throw away 50 bucks.

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If you decide to store it by hanging from the rafters, you don't need to screw your lag bolts or J hooks into the rafters themselves. Just use a 2x4 and lay it across the rafters, and screw/bolt your hardware to the 2x4. Standing on a ladder, trying to screw in bolts overhead is a pain. Use the rafters as nothing more than support.
Check "stu-offroad.com" He's got a pretty easy write up on storage for your hardtop.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:38 AM   #16
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As far as your hard top hardware goes, $5 worth of nuts/bolts beats any aftermarket item in my book.

I use a 3 ratchet strap garage hoist system. Top is off in 5 minutes, back on in under
10, and its a solo job.
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:04 PM   #17
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So the reason the bolts were such a PITA for me is bc the PO used regular bolts with lock nuts underneath, so getting a 13mm wrench under the lip and holding the nut sucked! It took me about 30 min to get the bolts off. I bought 3 rope ratchets from TSC to hang the top from the rafters and they worked great, one man operation, one strap in the front and two in the back, jut need to find some of those square nuts that won't turn in the lip, I think if I had the square ones it wouldn't take 5 min to get off.

So anyone know where to find these square nuts?
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I've seen them on wranglerbarn.com..(that's part of ebay, I think)
The rectangle nuts are hard to find...I've actually called a bolt company that my employer does business with and they didn't have anything like it. I've heard of some people using wing nuts. They might actually be big enough to get lodged under there to where they won't turn. Good luck in your search....let us know where you find them.
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Good luck in your search....let us know where you find them.
Are these them? I dunno cuz I have never actually seen the origionals..

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I've never bolted my hard top in the back. I just latch the two latches up front and all is fine. But then I do not do any climbing or activities that could make it come off.
I'm thinking about getting some sort of "C" clamps.
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Are these them? I dunno cuz I have never actually seen the origionals..

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That's them, my friend....thanks for the research.
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I was thinking of finding some of these when I have more time.

Custom Quick Release Pins - Ball Lock Pins Manufacturer - Self Locking Pins - Detent Pins - Safety Lock Pin

If you found the right diameter and length you wouldn't even need a nut on the other end, just put the hardtop on, drop in the pin and good to go.
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I know the topic is a few weeks old but the rectangle nuts are just weld nuts. Your local hardware should able to order you a box of 50 for like $6. A got a dozen from a local welding shop for $1.
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hmm I went to ACE the other day and they pretty much said no way. I'll have to check with the local welding shop. Thanks for the info.
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Bumping an old thread.

After buying the kwick kit hardware for 60 bucks and reading about everyones homemade kits. I found a better solution and cheaper:

Universal Hard Top Quick Removal Fastener Kit Jeep Wrangler YJ TJ JK

It works on YJ,TJ and JK!

Its not to pricy and you can store the knobs on the tub!! something I was really wanting!! They also have other awesome jeep products!
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Well got my hardware already! Really fast I reccomend upperbound site for misc. Jeep parts! The hardware kit is great I am going to out it on hard top this weekend! I also got soft top quick knobs! Everything looks up to par and not expensive at all!
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I also think for what its worth, its better just to have the torx bit driver in your glove compartment and do it like that. I cant justify spending 50 bucks on glorified c-clamps.

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